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Transcript of the Obituary of Samuel J. Ross from The Observer-Reporter newspaper, Washington Co., Pa., Nov. 11, 1971, page B-6:

Obituaries Column

Samuel J. Ross -- Samuel J. Ross, 84, of Scenery Hill R. D. 1, died Thursday, November 11, 1971, at 10:45 p.m. in Washington Hospital.

He was born September 15, 1887, in Greene County, a son of Joh(sic) [and] Lattie Tharp Ross. [Note: Obituary reads like this: "Joh Lattie Tharp Ross" without the "and" between the parents' names and the "n" missing on "John".]

Mr. Ross was a farmer and a member of the Ten Mile Brethren Church.

Surviving are his wife, Ethel May McCarty; two sons, John, of Pitcarin, and Robert, of Scenery Hill R. D. 1; four daughters: Mrs. Thelma McKenna, of Pittsburgh; Mrs. Eva Watkins, of Mesa, Ariz.; Mrs. Wilma Johns, of Scenery Hill, and Mrs. Mary Jane DeWitt, of Fredericktown; two brothers, Stephen, of Waynesburg, and Walter, of Washington; one sister, Mrs. Sadie Barnhart Wipley**, of Washington; 20 grandchildren, and 8 great-grandchildren.

One son, one daughter, one brother and four sisters are deceased.

** Should say Mrs. Sadie Barnhart Whipkey.


Funeral Notice, same date, same page: ROSS - Friends of Samuel J. Ross, of Scenery Hill R. D. 1, who died Thursday, November 11, 1971, will be received after 2 p. m. Saturday in the Schrontz and Nichol Funeral Home, Marianna, where services will be held Monday, Nov. 15, at 1 p.m. in charge of Rev. Carl Phillips.  Burial in North Ten Mile Cemetery.


NOTE: Ten Mile Brethren Church is Ten Mile Church of the Brethren (COB) up on the hill above Marianna PA on the Dunkard Church Road (see Mapquest and see Ten Mile Church of the Brethren on my other web pages).   The Funeral Notice is confusing, since Ten Mile C.O.B.  Church was also referred to as "North Ten Mile BRETHREN Church"  BUT, the true references in old newspapers of "North Ten Mile" was/is the "North Ten Mile BAPTIST Church" which is a different denomination and at a different location than the "Ten Mile Church of the Brethren (COB)".

NOTE: Samuel J. Ross is part of my ROSS-THEAKSTON line.

(The surrounding items on this Xerox copy are located in the years folder, under 1971.)


Notes of Ruth Lane McGary, my grandmother, about this family:

See Obituary of Samuel J. Ross

Samuel J. Ross born in Greene Co PA
b. Sept. 15, 1887 d. Nov. 11, 1971 84 years

Parents: John Ross and Lattie THARP Ross

Samuel J. Ross married Ethel May McCarty

Their Children:

John, Robert, Thelma McKenna, Eva Watkins, Wilma John, Mary Jane DeWilt

Wilma Johns: deceased, 1 son, 1 daughter

Samuel J. and Ethel May had 20 Grandchildren, 8 great-grandchildren.

Bros. & Sis:  Stephen, Walter

(This part is confusing & I don't have my book out today)-
Sadie Barnhart Wipkey
One Bro. (Tom), 4 sisters
1. Elizabeth Ross Theakston

Mrs. T. would have (where born?)
4 Bros.: Stephen, Walter, Sam, Tom
4 Sis: 1. Sadie 2. ? 3. ? 4.? 5. Mrs. Elizabeth Ross Theakston 
There were 4 boys and 5 girls in the family 


This webmaster's Aunt Vesta Lane married Willis William Theakston.


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